Rhinoplasty Swelling 3 Years After Surgery

it's been 3 years, but my nose still doesn't look like it did right after the rhinoplasty. will it ever?

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Swelling 3 Years after Rhinoplasty

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I have seen very subtle changes in some noses I did 25 years ago, but if your not satisfied after 3 years you will never be satisfied. See an experinced revision rhinoplasty surgeon to evaluate your options.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Definition after rhinoplasty

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Your nose should not look like it did right after the surgery for swelling lasts for a year plus. You probably don't have as much definition as you wish. My suggestion would be to go back to your doctor and ask him what he can do further to give you the results that you want. 

Edward J. Domanskis, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling After 3 Years

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If you see swelling a rhinoplasty after three years then it's probably not swelling. Most likely you have fatty or scar tissue which may appear as swelling.

Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 285 reviews

Swelling 3 Years Post Rhinoplasty; Likely Not Swelling

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If your nose hasn't changed for 3 years, most likely it is not going to change now.  Consult with your rhinoplasty surgeon or get a few opinions regarding your nose if you are not satisfied with it's appearance.  3 years after rhinoplasty scar tissue is more likely than swelling. 

Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty results 3 years after surgery will not change

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Since it has been three years since the surgery, for all practical purposes, your nose has fully healed. You may need a revision rhinoplasty at this point. Occasionally, ethnic noses can develop thick edema and scar tissue at the supratip area of the nose, which never goes down. It is best to be evaluated by someone very experienced in revision rhinoplasty to see if any other minor corrections can be made to refine the nose.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty swelling 3 years after surgery

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Photos would help us discuss your issues. I believe you need a revision. Swelling DOES NOT last for 3 years only a bad result. Go get opinions.


Appearance of Nose 3 years after surgery = the permanent appearance

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By one year or so after Nose surgery the nose matures into its permanent appearance. By three years after surgery there is no question that all post surgical swelling has long resolved. What you are now seeing is your permanent appearance. If you have any questions, see your original nose surgeon or seek a second opinion consultation.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Swelling after rhinoplasty

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Usually rhinoplasty swelling disappears after about 1 year. 3 years after surgery is very unusual and should be investigated. It may not be swelling but the normal appearance of the skin envelope around the underlying structures.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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"Swelling 3 years after rhinoplasty" is not going to go away.

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This is not swelling and the nose will stay the same as it is now. See a revision nasal surgery experienced surgeon for your options now.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Most of the swelling is gone in a year

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The swelling after rhinoplasty should be resolved by now. please go back to surgeon and discuss your concerns with him. The results may not be as you expected and be realistic.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 152 reviews

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